The Greatest Amaro to Pair With Thanksgiving Dinner
The flavour profile of the Thanksgiving meal hasn’t modified a lot over time, however that doesn’t cease the infinite parade of wine pairing guides that seem every November. I don’t know why we’re nonetheless speaking about this, as I solved this riddle final 12 months—the one wine you want for Thanksgiving is Champagne (and possibly a pinot noir in your uncle who nonetheless thinks all white wine is nice). Since that’s settled, let’s discuss amaro.
I’m in all probability biased, however I’ve all the time thought serving or bringing amaro to a cocktail party is extra fascinating, surprising, and enjoyable than doing the identical with wine. I’m often a Fernet stan, however that tipple is greatest saved for after pie, for stomach-settling functions. Cardamaro, nonetheless, is sweet for the complete meal.
For the uninitiated, know that it isn’t cardamom flavored, although if somebody served me a cardamom liqueur, I would definitely drink it. The wine-based aperitif has a vermouth-y sweetness, however cardoon and blessed thistle (two artichoke cousins) give it a woodsy (not vegetal) Cynar Lite sensibility. It has an earthy, autumnal forest ground form of taste, but it surely’s mild and vibrant sufficient to sip all night. It performs extraordinarily nicely with salty, wealthy meals, making it excellent for our turkey day meal.
It’s additionally extraordinarily adaptable. You’ll be able to combine it with one other, stronger spirit to kick off the night, make a spritz for the meal, and drink it neat (or on one massive dice) along with your pie. It’s fairly good in Champagne, which implies you solely want two bottles for the entire day. (Extra in the event you plan to share, however I’ll depart that call to you.)